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Jeff George as Bears Backup Quarterback???

Sean Jensen hasn’t been around town very long and he’s already on my list for a LOWER THE BOOM post. Congratulations Sean!

In today’s Inside the Bears blog, Jensen suggests the Bears consider Jeff George as a backup quarterback.  Yes, that Jeff George.  Former #1 draft pick… from 1990!

Jensen spent years covering the Minnesota Vikings and I guess the stupid pills they were feeding their media people up there haven’t worn off.   Maybe he’s blinded by 40 year old Brett Favre’s return to his Vikings or he’s discovered a fountain of youth.  I can’t come up with another logical explanation for why anyone in their right mind would consider George to do anything on a football field at the ripe old age of 42.  This from Jensen’s post:

During my sportswriting career, I’m not sure I’ve seen any quarterback throw the ball so hard and so accurately, and I’ve covered the likes of Favre, Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper. What George did in 1999 was remarkable. After Dennis Green benched the struggling Cunningham, George nearly rallied the Vikings to a second-half comeback in Detroit, completing 10 of 12 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

George went 8-2 down the stretch as a starter, and his numbers were eye-opening (23 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 94.2 passer rating). Then, in two playoff games, he threw seven touchdowns against one interception, with the Vikings losing a shoot out the eventual Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.

Did he just climb into a Hot Tub Time Machine?  It’s 2010, Sean.  That run was over 10 years ago!!!  The last meaningful action that George was in 2001 for the Washington Redskins, when George went 23 of 42 for 168 yards, 0 TD’s, 3 INT’s and 6 sacks in two games.

Funny enough, this wouldn’t be George’s first stint with the Bears.  He was actually on the payroll back in 2004.  Don’t you remember?  This from his Wikipedia page:

Chicago Bears

In 2004, after two years away from the game, the Chicago Bears became the seventh NFL team to employ George, signing him to a one-year contract in November for a partial season backup role; but again he never took the field during a game, and he wasn’t retained by the Bears for the 2005 season, and was not signed by any team. The Detroit Lions worked him out during their bye week in the event they needed another quarterback. However, George was not offered a contract.

But the fun doesn’t stop at the mere suggestion of pulling George out of mothballs to sling the rock for the Beloved.  Jensen actually suggests George could serve as a mentor to Jay Cutler.  No, really.  I can’t make this stuff up.  Check it out:

By now, George surely would embrace his role as Jay Cutler’s backup. And, given some of the criticisms Cutler has endured, George is equipped to perhaps offer his insight as a former top pick.

Guaranteed money has been a sticking point in the Bears’ search for a veteran quarterback. But, George isn’t in the proverbial drivers’ seat anymore; he’d take the league minimum, carry a clipboard and offer his insight of an offense he’s familiar with.

As I mentioned in today’s story, the Bears are not done addressing the quarterback position. Given how strange the whole process has been, it’ll be interesting — and somewhat fitting — to see if George enters the picture.

People actually compared Cutler and the way he carries himself to George before.  It wasn’t meant to be a compliment.  Add Mike Martz to the mix and you’ve got a mix too combustible for words.

Let’s face it, if Cutler goes down, Lovie, Jerry and company will start packing their bags.  Why not dust off Jim McMahon? Or a cardboard cutout of Sid Luckman?

I would expect such a proposal from one of the meatball callers into The Score, not someone who actually gets paid by a major newspaper to cover football.  Now hang up on yourself and “Who ya crappin’?”


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  • Windy Cynic

    “cardboard cutout of sid luckman”….. genius Boom.

    I have one question…. how can I root for my Bears AND root more for Lovie and Jerry to find new homes?

    I can’t take another Dick Jauron miracle and extensions for either. I just can’t.

    Weird place to be as a fan, but I campaigned for Obama and now I can’t believe the defintion to his “change” is “more of the same” This country/bears needs radical change.

    Maybe it’s the Mc Caskey’s that need to move on.

    • Boomer


      I forgive you for the Obama stuff b/c you’re a good Bears fan.

      I actually wrote a post about that very dilemma on my ChicagoNow blog, FIRE LOVE SMITH:

      Give it a read and see if that helps express what you’re feeling.

      As for our friends the McCaskeys, I don’t think you can expect a Blackhawks-like transformation if Ginny were to life this mortal shell and a change in ownership didn’t exactly help the Cubs this year, did it?

      There is no way they’re going to cash out on a Billion dollar cash cow.

      I heard this on The Score yesterday and will be working on a blog post too. The biggest factor in a Lovie return is the CBA. If there is a lockout, there is NO WAY the Bears will fire Lovie, even if the Bears go 4-12 because it would mean paying 2 coaches not to coach next season. Something to keep an eye on.

  • Windy Cynic

    Boom, I voted for Barak to do 3 things…. end the wars, universal health care AND comprehensive financial reform for Wall Street.

    Lets see….. Upped the ante on Afghan(?), threatens Iran for our sister nation, Never even asks for single payer health care ( seriously, you gotta ask for what you want ) and rolled over for Goldman Sachs…. not to mention allowing BP to control the investigation into itself and never investigating the Bush crimes. And while that was all happening, Citizens United pulled a coup on democracy out of a debate on campaign finance reform (???!!!!!) You can’t make this stuff up!

    Now that’s Ron Turner football….. maybe worse, John Shoop. No risk, no reward. Punt.

    “3rd and 8 at the Bear 25, Matthews back to pass, wide receiver screen, gain of 1″.

    “Man, that’s the 4th time Shoop called that play on third down… doesn’t he know the distance?”